How to make sure your home is stylish AND sustainable
We all fall into the trap of wanting to create a fresh, stylish space to live in. Often, our desire to represent ourselves in the four walls of our living space can overcome our wish to be sustainable. A little style over substance, if you will.
How many of us have moved into a new place and immediately gone to the nearest IKEA to fit out your home as quickly as possible?
Whilst this is super tempting there are plenty of amazing eco-friendly home decor ideas out there to fit out your house with instead.
We run down some of the best stylish eco-friendly alternatives for your home.
First up on the list is a trusty old favourite - secondhand items for your home. You can find some seriously beautiful pieces of furniture in flea markets, charity shops, vintage shops or car-boot sales.
You might find something that’s a bit of a fixer-upper. If this is the case, let your imagination run wild and take the opportunity to learn more about restoring old furniture. There are tons of videos online that can walk you through the process. And by the end of it, you’ll have a completely unique, sustainable eco-friendly item in your own home.
Remember that less is more
The buzzword on the street for the last few years has been all about fast fashion. The advice around fast fashion is always to buy less, better. Pick sustainable, ethical brands, which may cost more but will last longer and have less of an impact on our environment.
We feel the same about interiors. Investing in something that has a sustainable background or uses sustainable materials is a far better option than buying a million unsustainable pieces brand new.
One of the brands we really like is made trade, a company which curates artisanally designed sustainable goods from all over the globe.
Although if you really want to be mindful of your carbon footprint, we would suggest doing some research into sustainable designers in your local area. Chances are that you’ll find your perfect eco-friendly home deco item somewhere near your own doorstep.
Decorate with plants
One of our favourite ways to minimize additions to a landfill is to decorate with plants. Lush, beautiful green tones will bring glorious colour to any room and they’ll pump your house with fresh oxygen.
You could also decorate with easy-to-grow vegetables, which gives extra points for sustainability or flowers if you want more splashes of colour.
Is there anything more sustainable than a plant? We don’t think so.
Swap in eco-friendly materials
Organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, stainless steel; these are just a few eco-friendly alternatives to some of the plastics and unrecyclable materials you might find in your home.
Replace your old toothbrush with an easily compostable bamboo toothbrush, invest in some organic cotton linens for your bed, switch up your Tupperware boxes or plastic kitchen utensils for stainless steel alternatives, or replace your plastic storage containers with bamboo baskets.
Not only do these things look better than their plastic alternatives, they last longer, which means you’ll be saving money, protecting our environment and building a stylish eco-friendly home.
We love solar-power. All of our watches use solar powered movement, so we’re big advocates of harnessing the power of the sun wherever you can.
We know that solar-powering a whole home is different from a watch. We get it. Solar panels aren’t cheap. They require a large upfront sum to have them fitted and installed. But they are a serious investment. They will bring down the average price of your energy bills almost immediately and will most certainly save you money in the long run.
Switching to solar energy might feel like a big step but they’re probably the best eco-alternative you could ever make for your home.